June 18 COVID-19 update: 32,829 total cases, 509 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 16:43:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 686 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 32,829.

Of those cases, 32,595 are confirmed and 234 are probable cases. The department said 509 deaths have been reported -- of those, 488 are confirmed and 21 are probable.

The state reported 2,209 hospitalizations. As of Thursday, 21,949 had recovered from the virus.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an additional 67 cases. They announced a total of 7,550 cases, which includes both confirmed and probable cases.

Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but might have tested positive in a different form of test like an antibody or serologic test. Probable cases also could refer to cases that were never tested but exhibited the factors consistent with a COVID-19 infection, like symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases.

Health officials said there have been no new probable cases reported in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years.

There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

Eighty-six people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Eighty-nine deaths have been attributed to the virus -- that number includes both confirmed and probable cases.

Health officials said 5,626 have recovered from the virus.

Available hospital beds: 25 percent
Available ICU beds: 18 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 152 calls on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Total number of probable and confirmed cases: 7,550
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 67

Cases by sex
Male: 4,008
Female: 3,322
Unknown: 220

Total cases by age

Total active cases1,835

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 32,143 total cases. That total includes both confirmed cases, 31,914, and probable cases, 229.

As of Wednesday, the state reported 497 deaths. The department said 21,282 people have since recovered.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.